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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2006 Apr;36(2):167-81.

Parents' and teachers' concordance with children's self-ratings of suicidality: findings from a high-risk sample.

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Juvenile Protective Association, Chicago, IL 60622, USA.


This study examined concordance between adult and child reports of child suicidality using a sample of 1,046 8-year-old children at risk for, or having experienced, maltreatment. Concordance was low with both caregivers and teachers. For children reporting no suicidality, caregiver-child agreement was associated with few transitions in caregiver and low social withdrawal and aggression, and teacher-child agreement was associated with non-White ethnicity, good academic performance, and low thought problems. For children reporting suicidality, care-giver-child agreement was associated with perceptions of child mental health needs, aggression, and somatic complaints, and teacher-child agreement was associated with thought problems.

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